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Gift Ideas for Grad Students

UL Grad School -- 12/10/2019

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Wondering what to get the graduate student in your life this holiday season? We’ve compiled a list of gift ideas for busy, stressed out, on-the-geaux people — aka grad students!

Presentation remote

This handy little device can make your grad student’s life a lot easier! From teaching classes to conference talks, having a high-quality and reliable presentation remote at the ready will give your grad student peace of mind.

Noise-canceling headphones

Whether your grad student needs to tune out distractions at home or wants to be productive while traveling, noise-canceling headphones will give them the priceless gift of concentration.

Under-desk cycle

If your over-scheduled grad student has been bemoaning their inability to fit in a daily sweat session, an under-the-desk cycle will allow them to add in physical activity while they put those brains to work. Multi-tasking for the win!

Streaming service

Catching up on the latest hit show may not be an essential part of grad school, but grad students do deserve some well-earned downtime. If you must contribute to the delinquency of a grad student, look into streaming services such as Roku. Music subscription services like Spotify Premium or Pandora Premium are also great options.


Students who are traveling for conferences or job interviews will appreciate having a well-functioning suitcase. A briefcase or padfolio are also essential items for students who are ready to boost their professionalism.


Powerport cube

This space-saving product will help grad students charge their devices quickly and is easily transportable from home to school.


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Wake-up light

Grad students are notoriously sleep-deprived. A wake-up light, which gradually brightens the room, can help them ease into their day and get a better start in the morning.



The Aeropress will get your grad student caffeinated in no time with its one-minute brew time and a compact design that saves space. They’ll save a few bucks by skipping that Starbucks run, too.

You don’t need to buy an expensive present to show the grad student in your life that you care, but a thoughtful gift like one of these is a great way to show support.

Happy holidays from the Graduate School!